Conversion Costs

We are going to try our best to document costs as we build below.

Running total: $9,045 (updated 1/2/18)

Buying the bus: $2,961 

  • $461 – travel to see the bus we first bought (to learn more about that financial faux pas, check out our video on How Not to Buy a Bus 
  • $2,272 – the bus we ended up with at auction
  • $228 – auction fees

Bus maintenance: $1,375

  • $400 Check up after purchasing
  • $975 replacing 2 front steer tires

Titling/Registration: $21

  • $21 temp tags

Tools: $283

  • $40 angle grinder
  • $20 crow bars
  • $120 miter saw
  • $18 flexible pull saw for trimming foam
  • $20 paint brushes
  • $20 Kreg pocket jig (for making pilot holes at an angle)
  • + $15 when we broke and replaced the kreg jig drill bit
  • $0 Table saw borrowed from awesome friends
  • $30 sander and sandpaper

Insulation: $818

  • $627 Spray it Green Foam DIY kit
  • $90 reflectix insulation
  • $36 wall insulation above studs (Two 1.5″x 4ft x 8ft rigid foam boards)
  • $50 sub floor insulation
  • $15 a few cans of Great Stuff canned foam

Ceiling:  $241 

  • $170 thin pine T & G planks (that’s 17 packs of six 8 ft planks)
  • $25 wood varnish
  • $40 self-drilling specialty metal screws
  • $6 brown rustoleum spray paint for screws

Sub floor: $245

  • $ 160 particle board for sub floor which we shortly after realized was a bad choice, so we replaced it with . . .
  • $55 plywood (should have been $150 but we got an awesome discount!)
  • $30 1×4 furring strips to frame out subfloor (this number includes screws, great stuff foam, and liquid nails)

Side bus walls: $93

  •  $60 T&G pine planks to cover walls
  •  $16 stud wood for walls (Five 2 x 4’s)
  • $17 foam board insulation (1.5″)

Appliances: $1,858

  • $960 Nature’s Head Composting Toilet
  • $130 Chest freezer off of amazon warehouse deals (due to dents/scratches)
  • $56 temp controller to convert freezer into fridge (see a great post about how to do this here )
  • $32 hand pump faucet (this will likely be a temporary solution for running water in the bus)
  • $20 double sink from Habitat for Humanity
  • $230 used Alcohol 2 burner Origo marine stove
  • $ 450 The Grizzly wood burning mini stove Cubic Mini Stoves

Paint and such: $450

  • $30 silicone caulk
  • $150 roof paint (elastomeric heat reflecting paint)
  • $150 roof seam sealing tape (3 rolls)
  • $120 Spray paint

Finishes: $220

  • $220 solid elm wood piece for our desk
  • $50 wood laptop stand and bathroom vanity top

Kitchen : $80

  • $80 wood for cabinet (so far)

Storage : $150

  • $150 wood for storage boxes on shelving

 

 

 

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